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Shrinking Silicone, one mans quest to re-purpose a NST/G shell for a NGL

So, I have a silicone shell for the NST/G, it does what I want a case to do, gives a slight texture to the device but adds little to no real weight, and doesn't create bulk by having a cover to hold open when I'm reading.  It's basically a rectangle that wraps around the Nook and has a cut out for the screen.  Oh how I love this thing.  Which may be why B&N no longer carries it :smileysad:

 

The NGL is just a little slimmer than the NST/G (0.47 vs. 0.42 inches, a lousy 0.05 of an inch!)

 

The shell can be used with the NGL, that is to say there is nothing physically that prevents it.  The power button is covered, but eh, I suspect I could snip a hole if it really bothers me.

 

What is the point of this post then?

 

I'm simply passing on that you can try to shrink the silicone shell (I have not yet tried, I will try some time tomorrow).  Not sure how well it will work, but as I don't like the fit currently the worst I can do is destroy a case that unless this works I wouldn't use. 

 

http://www.ehow.com/how_10012042_shrink-silicone.html is the guide I'll use.  If anyone has any experience with this (y'all are a rather eclectic group) please let me know.

 

 

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Re: Shrinking Silicone, one mans quest to re-purpose a NST/G shell for a NGL

Not sure about biting it, but it sounds promising otherwise. Good luck with it!

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Re: Shrinking Silicone, one mans quest to re-purpose a NST/G shell for a NGL

Some modification would be used of course :smileyhappy:

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Re: Shrinking Silicone, one mans quest to re-purpose a NST/G shell for a NGL

You could also try adding a sheet of material inside the silicon to fill the gap in key points.

 

The advantage being a large number of do-overs, and if you don't like the end result so much you'd probably know a bit more about places to be watching out for once you moved to a shrinking step.

 

I spent quite a bit of time making cases for nook color/tablet device, and learned more with each iteration.  Three of them are still in use.

 

My nstg cover is similar to the bn nsl offering, but attaches to the back with velcro and flips over the top to protect the screen or lies flat on the back when reading.  It's basically a sheet of craft plywood wrapped in black corduroy.

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Re: Shrinking Silicone, one mans quest to re-purpose a NST/G shell for a NGL

Boiling seems to have done essentially nothing, I didn't repeat it with a longer boil time because I didn't see any sign of shrinking at all and I kept it in the pot for about 2-2 1/2 minutes. 

 

The issue with filling the gaps with a material is the gaps are fairly small, remember the NSTG is only 0.05 inches bigger than the NGL.  And even then the case is designed with the indent for the NSTG.  So I think mucking with it that much would be more of an undertaking than I'm willing to take on at the moment.

 

I'm gonna test it with the case on and see if I can live with it being only a tad loose if I squeeze it.  If not I'm sure something will some along.

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Re: Shrinking Silicone, one mans quest to re-purpose a NST/G shell for a NGL

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TRY THROWING IT INTO THE DRYER WITH A TOWEL OR TWO. TAKE IT OUT AND STICK IT ON YOUR NOOK RIGHT AWAY IF IT IS HOT ENOUGH IT MAY MOLD TO IT. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controvercy.
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Re: Shrinking Silicone, one mans quest to re-purpose a NST/G shell for a NGL

Have you thought about using a hairdryer or baking it?

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Re: Shrinking Silicone, one mans quest to re-purpose a NST/G shell for a NGL

I've actually given up on it, I still have it as boiling didn't do any damage, and I'll likely keep it for my NSTG.

 

However I figured out why I liked it, it rounded out the sides of the NSTG and made it comfortable to hold.  The silicone ring around the NGL does the same.  If B&N comes out with a silicone shell I may pick one up, or if a third party does the same (haven't had luck finding one with the NGLs dimensions).  The white isn't so bad, though when Decalgirl.com comes out with skins for the NGL (which should be later this month) I'll pick up a solid black one. 

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Re: Shrinking Silicone, one mans quest to re-purpose a NST/G shell for a NGL

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Decalgirl is advertising them now. I think you should compromise and go with something that blends with the grayish screen:

 

Zebra Skin

One thing that I wondered about on the Decalgirl skins was the lack of cutout for the indented 'n' on the back cover. I believe the NGL still has that, no? The Skinomi skins actually had a cutout. I'm not sure if the decalgirl skins are meant to simply cover that up, or be pressed into the indentation.

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Re: Shrinking Silicone, one mans quest to re-purpose a NST/G shell for a NGL

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The NGL does indeed have an indented 'n' on the back.  Though it's small and may not show in a picture with a skin on.  However if DG has figured a way to not show the 'n' I'm more than fine with that as I dislike paying to be an advertisment for anything.  The NGL in its 'nude' form is actually very low impact advertising, the 'nook' at the top of the device is silver on white, and the 'n' on the back would easily be covered by most hands holding the Nook. 

 

The NST/G also have the same 'n' on the back, in those cases it's within the larger indent.  DG does not show the 'n' on those skins and nothing has been said against them for that, so I presume they have accounted for it. 

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